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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Millimeter-scale cryofluidic systems for Biomaterial Library Management


Material Measurement Laboratory, Material Measurement Laboratory Office

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50.63.00.B8555 Gaithersburg, MD 20899

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Name E-mail Phone
Salit, Marc L. 650.350.2338


We need to get better at handling and managing libraries of biomaterials. These materials form the substrate of emerging bioengineering, including engineering of biomolecules, genomes, cells, cultures, environmental samples. Libraries can be composed of thousands to billions of elements, and we are seeking to create a platform to automate handling, inventory management, and cryostorage of such libraries.

A joint postdoctoral fellow would work as a NIST postdoc embedded in a faculty laboratory at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. This position will be a part of the NIST-Stanford Joint Initiative for Metrology in Biology (JIMB). See Partner faculty groups are the Tang Lab ([Tang Group @ Stanford University]( and the Endy Lab ([Endy Lab - OpenWetWare](

The successful candidate will help develop millimeter-scale cryofluidic systems for working with and handling functional biomaterials (i.e., cells, cultures, environmental samples). The ideal candidate should be able to work independently, and also with a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and designers to rapidly prototype and iterate on the design and testing of integrated systems (i.e., build a 'box', test a 'box', debug and repeat). Expertise and prior experience in working with fluids in low temperature systems (e.g.,-80C) and interfacing low temperature fluidic systems to other mechanical and electronic systems strongly desired.

cryofluidics, millimiter-scale fluidics; integrated systems; low-temperature systems; electromechanical integration; systems engineering; biomaterials


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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